Reut Shemesh studied dance and choreography at the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem and then completed a Masters degree at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. Alongside her artistic work, she is teaching choreography in several institutes such as the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf and at the University of Cologne. Shemesh's artistic spectrum ranges from contemporary dance and choreography through experimental film to poetry. Her works were presented at national and international festivals and have been nominated for numerous awards. For her latest work LEVIAH, Shemesh received the Cologne Dance and Theater Prize 2016. The film LEVIAH was presented in 2017, among others, at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival and Art Cologne. From August 2018 Shemesh is invited to be the next season’s choreographer in residence at K3|Tanzplan Hamburg


I was born in summer 1982 in Tel-Aviv (IL), grew up in a small town, Yavnee. In my youth, I regularly visited the local dance school and graduated from high school in dance. From 2000 to 2002 I served the mandatory military service in Israel-the IDF. In 2002 I joined the Academy for music and dance in Jerusalem. Afterward, I began creating and working at the professional dance field in Israel and in 2006 I created a piece in the working frame of Shades of dance in Suzanne  Dellal and Machol Shalem (IL). In 2007 I moved from Tel-Aviv to the Netherlands and joined the choreography program in the dance academy ArtEZ (NL). In 2009 I graduated the Dance Maker Course with a grant from the ARTD. After my studies, I moved to Amsterdam and worked as a dancer and a choreographer in the Dutch dance field. In September 2011 I decided to move from Amsterdam to Cologne (DE).

Since then I have been presenting my work at tanzhaus nrw, Art Cologne, HELLERAU Dresden, Jewish Museum Berlin, Tanzhaus Zürich, Dance Atelier Rotterdam, Suzanne Dellal Tel-Aviv, TheatreLab NYC, Korzo theatre Den Haag, Asphalt Festival Düsseldorf, Loft Theatre in Leipzig, International Exposure Israel, De NWE Vorst Tilburg, City Theatre Groningen, Institute France Dakar Senegal, Oberhausen Kurzfilmfestival and Arp Museum Rolandseck among other theatres and festivals.

At the end of 2013, I created and presented THE VIRGIN’S VOICE and have been invited to open the tanz.tausch dance festival in Cologne, Loft theatre Leipzig and was nominated for the Cologne dance and theatre price 2014. 

In May 2014 I created the work HELLVILLE for the dance academy ArtEZ (NL) and tour through the Netherlands. 

In summer 2014, together with Overhead Project, we premiered THE BOY WHO CRIES WOLF, followed by a tour in Berlin, Tilburg De NWE Vorst, tanz.punkt Cologne and Tanz nrw, which was then again nominated for the Cologne dance and theatre price 2015. 

In February 2015 I created the work WILWOOD FLOWERS. In September 2015 I visited TheaterLab New York for a residency followed by a series of performances. There I re-worked the piece with NY-based dancers. The piece was then adapted to an experimental film and has been screened in several festivals and museums, such as Jewish Museum Berlin, Arp Museum in Rolandseck and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. 

In November 2015 I joined the two-year German-African choreographer's exchange program Shifting Realities (2015-2017) initiated and programmed by tanzhaus nrw and tour through French Institute Senegal Dakar,  Hellerau Dresden and Dance festival Marrakech. 

In November 2016 I submitted my Diploma work at the Academy for Media arts Cologne; LEVIAH, dealing with the issues of Israeli female soldiers. The work is manifested in several mediums, experimental film, a staged work, and poetry. It premiered in TanzFaktur Cologne, Berlin and St. Gallen Grabenhalle (CH). The work was presented at the festivals Tanzplan Ost (CH) and tour through Switzerland, Tanz NRW, and many other theatres, and won the Cologne dance and theatre price 2016. The film was screened in several platforms, such as Art Cologne, Oberhausen Kurz Filmfestival - the IMAI foundation and In/Motion dance film festival 2017 Chicago (USA). Along the artistic presentation, I wrote a thesis about the translation of a staged dance piece into a film language. 

My recent work GOLA was produced by the Asphalt festival in Düsseldorf. The work is an adaptation of elements from national ceremonies into a contemporary dance performance, looking closely at the use of the artistic craft to represent national symbols. 

Currently, I am developing a research project ‘WITNESS’  a co-production of tanzhaus nrw & Tanzgarde der Karnevalsfreunde. The research presentation will take place in coming June at tanzhaus nrw Dusseldorf. 

From August 2018 I am invited to be the next season’s choreographer in residence at K3|Tanzplan Hamburg. 

Alongside my artistic work I am teaching choreography in several institutes, such as the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf and University Cologne. 

‘Leviah is big, dark, brave, personal, but not private. Reut Shemesh is dealing with
vulnerability without portraying the victim as small and powerless’ – M. Suchy TanzMagazine August 2016 ‘What an interesting choreographer NRW won by the relocation of Reut Shemesh from Amsterdam to the Rhineland’  – T. Linden Feb. 2014



During the yeas 2011-2018

WITNESS 2018 (Research project) Photography, Performance
Choreography and Photography Reut Shemesh | Dance and Creation Constanze Fischer, Lisa Aydin, Laura Bremicker, Nina Bremicker, Isabell Flecken, Violetta Jantz, Jessica Bartsch, Hannah Lingnau, Eva Bergmann, Katharina Brink, Janina Gerdes, Nicole Rauh, Thuy Duong, Melanie Nguyen, Franca Mooren, Janina Schentek, Sabine Dittmaier | Music Simon Bauer | Dramaturgy Daniel Rademacher |  Management Sabina Stücker | Financial Bela Bisom 

GOLA 2017  Performance
Choreography and Text Reut Shemesh | Dance and Creation Petr Hastik, Freddy Houndekindo, Reut Shemesh, Karoline Strys | Music Simon Bauer | Light sonography Photography Ronni Shendar | Costume Santiago Alvarez | Dramaturgy Daniel Rademacher | Design Florian Egremann | Management Sabina Stücker | Financial Bela Bisom

BEFORE MORNING 2016  Performance
Production Overhead Project | Choreography and text Reut Shemesh Performance and creation Marion Dieterle & Florian Patschovsky | Music Timm Roller | Sonography Ronni Shedder | Costume & graphic: Julia Stefanovici


(Diploma work) 2015-2016 (KHM project) Performance & short film 

Choreography and Text Reut Shemesh | Dance and Creation Hella Immler und Reut Shemesh | Music Simon Bauer | Light Video Photography Ronni Shendar | Photography Sasa Huzjak| Costume Dario Mendez Acosta | Dramaturgy Daniel Rademacher | Management Sandra Jasper


2015 (KHM project) Performance & Short film 

Choreography Reut Shemesh | Dance and creation Susanne Grau, Lisa Kirsch, Liane Loer, Marja Hirvonen, Julia Riera| Assistant Felix Zilles-Perels | Music Nico Stallmann | Masks Mona Kakanj | Dramaturgy Daniel Rademacher | Management Sandra Jasper | Scenography Elisa Balmaceda, Jose Flavio Noriega | Camera & Photography Ronni Shendar | Photography V. Kranak | NY performers Maya Orchin, Schuyler Whittemore, Varina Kranak, Jessica McCarthy


2014 (KHM project) Performance & trailer 

Choreography Reut Shemesh | Dance and Creation Tim Behren & Florian Patschovsky | Music Simon Bauer | Scenography Ronni Shendar | Film Ronni Shendar | Photography De Matthias | Photography Lazoo


2014 Performance

Choreography Reut Shemesh
Dance | Vivi Fabiano, Alessandro Coco, Francisco Pinho, Anna Sara Fierro, Sara Ceredi, Suzanne Lamers, Catia Lourenco, Lisen Pousette, Elisia Verdu’ Marcia’n, Sophie Mayeux, Julia Barrios, Maddy Bullard, Agnese Elena Arianna | Music| Simon Bauer


2013 (KHM project) Performance & short film
Choreography & Scenography Reut Shemesh | Dance and Creation Lisa Kirsch, Hannah Platzer, Ieva Navickaite | Music Simon Bauer | Camera Ronni Shendar | Editing Reut Shemesh


2013 Performance & short film 

Choreography & text Reut Shemesh | Dance and Creation Uzhva Fanya, Voskovich Svetlana, Martins Margarita, Galchinskaja Anna, Goldberg Dina , Bourykina Olga, Celik Esme, Lyidmila Milova | Music Roland Meyer De Voltaire | Scenography Reut Shemesh, Melanja Palitta | Film Melanja Palitta , Balans LaB & Reut Shemesh| Editing Melanja Palitta


2012 Performance and trailer 

Choreography Reut Shemesh | Dance and Creation Or Hakim, Laura Marios, Young Suk Lee, Nicolas Robillard | Music Nico Stallmann | Scenography Ronni Shendar | Film Ronni Shendar


2012 performance and trailer 

Choreography Reut Shemesh | Dance and Creation Antonio Stella & Reut Shemesh| Music Nico Stallmann | Scenography Anne Weyler | Picture in booklet A. Weyler | Camera Ronni Shendar | Editing Reut Shemesh


2011 performance

Choreography Reut Shemesh | Performance and Creation Susanne Grau, Lisa Kirsch, Susanne Eder, Marja Hirvonen | Music Nico Stallmann | Scenography Reut Shemesh | Portrait Anne Weyler | Picture in booklet Frank Dannhauer


2012 performance and trailer

Choreography Reut Shemesh | Performance and Creation Amit Marsino, Nir Veledniger, Gavriel Spitzer, Ziv Frenkel| Music Nico Stallmann | Scenography Reut Shemesh | Camera Vered Snear | Edit Reut Shemesh